‘Supergirl’ Ordered to Series at CBS

Melissa Benoist plays the iconic DC superhero on drama from Greg Berlanti, Ali Adler, Sarah Schechter

“Supergirl” is taking flight at CBS. The DC superhero drama has been ordered to series for the 2015-16 season, TheWrap has learned.

“Glee” alum Melissa Benoist plays the Kryptonian and Superman’s cousin on the show.

The series, from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, will revolve around Kara Zor-El (Benoist), who escaped Krypton amid its destruction years ago, and has been hiding the powers she shares with her famous cousin, Superman, since arriving on Earth. But now at age 24, she decides to embrace her superhuman abilities and become the hero she was always meant to be.

Calista Flockhart plays Cat Grant, Kara’s boss, Chyler Leigh plays Alex Danvers, Kara’s older foster sister and David Harewood as Hank Henshaw, a former CIA agent and now the head of Department of Extra-Normal Operations.

Others cast in the series include Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, “Nashville” alum Laura Benanti as Supergirl’s birth mother and former Superman and Supergirl Dean Cain and Helen Slater, respectively, in mystery roles.

Greg Berlanti and Ali Adler are writing the one-hour drama, and also executive producing, along with Sarah Schecter and Andrew Kreisberg.